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real life


composer
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
© 1991 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music. (Post 2013 credit)


background
Information to be added soon


see also:
Somewhere Somewhere In Summertime (Demo)


lyrics
Paula came from Washington with long golden hair,
Twenty eight dollars in a fake silk purse and a leather skirt to wear.
Shane came from Dublin town, from the old world so green,
Counterfeit ticket in to JFK in the land of his dreams.
Street life's the only life, they take a walk in the park.
Even though they only met that day they were lovers by dark.
Laid out on the morning skies he puts a ring on her hand,
He said 'Listen babe, we gotta take what's ours, do it or die.'

Quit dreaming this is real life baby.
Real life's the only life, what's it all about?
Quit dreaming this is real life baby.

Way out on the dock that night the colour is red,
23rd victim of a gangland war takes his last breath.
Outside the sister cried, she said the whole world's so mean.
Heavyweight killer in the ring, turns killing machine.

Quit dreaming this is real life baby.
Real life's the only life, what's it all about?
Quit dreaming this is real life baby.

All my love, you're my all,
They way you move, you're in control.
The way you talk, the way you dress,
Your hands, your touch, your sweet caress.
All my love, you're the best,
Every little thing that I possess,
It's all emotion when you take control,
I can feel wild horses running in my soul.
Oh my love, all I see,
The stars, the sun, the energy.
If this going to kill us then let it go,
Quit dreaming this is real life baby.

Up high above a desert sky where the space shuttles scream,
Sixteen men from a dying earth take their last dream.

Quit dreaming this is real life baby.
Quit dreaming this is cheap life baby.
Real life's the only life, what's it all about?
Quit dreaming this is cheap life baby.

Your eyes, your lips, the shape of your mouth,
It's a sweet life baby.
All my love, you're my all,
The way you move, the way you go.
I'm all emotion when you take control,
I can feel wild horses running in my soul.
All my love, you're all I see,
The stars, the sun, the energy,
The way you move, you're in control,
Quit dreaming this is real life baby.



discography
Edit (3:54)
Producer: Stephen Lipson
Engineer and MIDI Manager: Heff Horaes
Mixing Assistant: Giles Cowley

Real Life 7" Real Life MC Real Life 12" Real Life CD Themes 21-24 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five Themes Volume Five Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 3CD

Album Version (4:53)
Producer: Stephen Lipson
Engineer and MIDI Manager: Heff Horaes
Mixing Assistant: Giles Cowley

Real Life Blue Sleeve LP Real Life Blue Sleeve MC Real Life Blue Sleeve CD Real Life Blue Sleeve DAT Real Life LP Real Life MC Real Life CD Real Life Australian Limited Edition MC Real Life Australian Limited Edition CD Real Life Reissue CD Real Life Disky Reissue CD Original Gold compilation CD The Platinum Collection CD Classic Album Selection The Music Of Simple Minds

Video Mix (4:53)
Producer: Stephen Lipson
Engineer and MIDI Manager: Heff Horaes
Mixing Assistant: Giles Cowley

The Best Of Simple Minds CD2 Promo The Best Of US Promo The Best Of The Best Of SACD The Best Of Night Of The Proms Special Remastered Edition Gift Pack Limited Edition The Best Of Donna Moderna cover CD

Live Version (13th February 1995) (5:17)
Recorded: Spreckles Theatre, San Diego, USA
Recorded by: Bill Dooley

Hypnotised Limited Edition CD single Hypnotised US MC Hypnotised US CD

Live Version (13th Aug 1991) (5:05)
Recorded: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth
Silver Box Promo CDR #3 Silver Box

Live Version (23rd November 2009) (4:49)
Recorded: Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (24th November 2009) (4:56)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (27th November 2009) (4:48)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (30th November 2009) (4:17)
Recorded: Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (3rd December 2009) (4:16)
Recorded: MEN, Manchester, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (5th December 2009) (4:18)
Recorded: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (6th December 2009) (4:14)
Recorded: CIA, Cardiff, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (7th December 2009) (4:16)
Recorded: Arena, Wembley, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (9th December 2009) (4:17)
Recorded: 02, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (10th December 2009) (4:20)
Recorded: Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (11th December 2009) (4:16)
Recorded: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (12th December 2009) (4:17)
Recorded: AEC, Aberdeen, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (17th December 2009) (5:10)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (18th December 2009) (4:21)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (February-May 2015) (3:29)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015




videography
Video Mix Edit (4:37)
Producer: Stephen Lipson
Engineer and MIDI Manager: Heff Horaes
Mixing Assistant: Giles Cowley

Real Life promo video Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD

Live Version (7th April 2015) (3:25)
Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


Real Life YouTube




sessions
Nicky Campbell, Radio One: 20th-23rd February 1995



downloads
Live Version (23rd November 2009) (4:49)
Recorded: Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (24th November 2009) (4:56)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (27th November 2009) (4:48)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (30th November 2009) (4:17)
Recorded: Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (3rd December 2009) (4:16)
Recorded: MEN, Manchester, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (5th December 2009) (4:18)
Recorded: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (6th December 2009) (4:14)
Recorded: CIA, Cardiff, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th December 2009) (4:16)
Recorded: Arena, Wembley, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (9th December 2009) (4:17)
Recorded: 02, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (10th December 2009) (4:20)
Recorded: Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (11th December 2009) (4:16)
Recorded: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (12th December 2009) (4:17)
Recorded: AEC, Aberdeen, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (17th December 2009) (5:10)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th December 2009) (4:21)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download




live history
Real Life Tour: 1991
Good News From The Next World Tour: 1995
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Festival Tour: 2004
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Australian Tour: 2010
Festival Show Tour: 2010
Big Music European Tour: 2015
Big Music Winter Tour: 2015
Big Music Western Asia: 2016
Australia - New Zealand: 2017